poser MTV rock. bands that copy Korn (who do it better than all of the anyways.) Linkin park, papa roach, crazy town, etc. are all these bands. usually incorporates hip-hop elements into the music. songs are power chords and have a lead singer trying to look tough by rapping and attemping to do a growl that would make true metalheads laugh.

good choice for 12 year old kids to listen to, but after that you look fool listening to it.
Wow, Ozzfest sucks now becuase of all the nu-metal crap it has.
by BiOsLaYeRX April 28, 2003
a special type of laxative discovered in the 1990s designed to induce explosive diarrhea by simulating the sound of explosive diarrhea
If high-fiber fruits, vegetables and whole grains aren't resulting in a bowel movement in over 48 hours, it may be time to try some numetal
by tmtenacious January 28, 2011
It amuses how seriously 'metalheads' seem to still take nu metal. People who say 'listen to real metal' are just so sad its funny. Most metal is in fact shit and a few bands can pull it off. To me nu metal is just basic metal with hardly any solos and I dotn see what is wrong with that. I think the hate of nu metal must just be an American thing as American metalheads seem to have to always appear rock hard!!! In my opinion anybody who disregards a whole genre of music is as mcuh of a poser as those they make fun of for their inclination towards a certain genre. try not to be so insecure and like what you want not what you think you should like to a real metalhead.
'Metalhead'- OMFG this cannibal corpse is so fucking heavy!!! It so technical and the lyrics are awesome!!!So much better than nu metal which is totally fake!!!
'Music fan'-YH DEAD BODIES!!! ROCK ON!!! or not...you sound exactly like those 'poseur metallers' you so hate...
by Mr Slagg November 19, 2007
The late 90's answer to the grunge fallout, Nu Metal gave hormonal teenagers something new to latch onto and call their own.

The truth is, this is nothing new at all. Many a Nu Metal kid will deride and defemate Hair Metal and other forms of popularized 80's trash music as passe and forgetable. Not understanding that their $9.99 pieces of Best Buy chugga-chugga riffing pilfered from hardcore's rotted corpse and plunged up their mainstream-loving ass is nothing spectacular in itself.

A fad is a trend that is not a revolution. Of course, telling people below the age of 18 this is impossible. As shown on this site alone, many fans of this aural equivalent to AIDS believe it is an "evolution" or "new wave" to heavy metal and music in general.

Wrong. The Gothenburg sound is an evoltion. The use of atmospheric chording is an evolution. What Nu Metal provides is a package in which to throw all hook-laden parts of various forms of metal and other genres of music. Then it is shipped off to malls and music video outlets everywhere for consumption by impresionable idiots in phat pants.

The Devil Ham of musicology, if you will.
Anything on Roadrunner save the older catalog.

Ozzfest circa 1999-2002.

Soundtracks for bad action-horror movies. (Resident Evil, Underworld, Queen of the Damned)

by gtch August 07, 2005
A new generation of metal that isn't as good as old metal. It's generic and the guitar is kinda cheesy with lots of detuned guitars and 7 strings usually, with a mix of clean n heavy vocals.
Examples of numetal bands: Korn and Slipknot
by slipperywalrus June 14, 2013
A garbage term where anything new, which people can't reconcile with straight archetypal Hard Rock, Metal, Punk, or Rap, goes. To give an example, while Linkin Park may be more closely associated with the 'mainstream' sides of punk, Slipknot is undoubtedly a prime figure of aggro metal. This is where the often misunderstood value of nu metal lies. It attempts an unconscious vocalization of primordial anger, perhaps even without deeper meanings, complex metaphors, or beautiful or technical instrumentals. And that is why it does something that no other genre has ever been successful in doing. It does not try to appeal to intelligence or to a technically minded ear. It appeals to anger, rage, frustration, and, yes, even to angst but all of these things only to feed Hatred. To truly arrive at hatred, it is necessary to sometimes incorporate a grabbag of other emotions, or even to disregard any sort of musical sanity. For example, it is to numetal we owe the completely original vocalization of hatred that is offered by Johnathan Davis in the popular song "Freak on a Leash." We hear insane grunts and intake of breath before we arrive at the end of the song, where Davis breaks into a hate filled nonsense utterance rap that is could never have existed in another genre. In short, the point of aggro is to bypass the conscious, to claw it away, and to reach and agitate the subconscious death drive and hatred of all living things, all humanity.
John Pobbleton sat down, unwound his dirt laden white ipod headphones, and turned on some nu-metal, specifically, "Freak on a Leash." For the next couple of minutes he began to furiously rip all of the skin off his index finger. After about three minutes, he bolted up from his seat, and commenced to systematically drive the bone of his index finger through the now seemingly paperthin skulls of everyone in the room. Luckily, the nu-metal drowned out all of their resistance and screams, and by the time the song was over, Pobbleton was the only sentient organism left in the room. Additionally, he felt much, much better.
by DomINick February 09, 2012
Copied from wikipedia:Bands linked with nu metal derive influence from a variety of diverse styles, including electronica/electronic music, funk, glam rock, gothic rock, grunge, hardcore punk, hip hop, industrial rock, jazz, post punk and synthpop. Also, nu metal derives influence from multiple subgenres of heavy metal including rap metal, funk metal and thrash metal. Nu metal music is mostly syncopated and based on riffs. Its lack of guitar solos and virtuousity contrasts it with other metal subgenres. Another way in which nu metal is contrasted with other metal subgenres is its emphasis on rhythm. Similarities with other metal subgenres include its use of common time, distorted guitars, power chords and note structures primarily revolving around Dorian, Aeolian or Phrygian modes. Some nu metal bands use 7-string guitars over traditional 6-string guitars. 7-string guitars, which are sometimes downtuned to increase heaviness, resulted in bass guitarists using five-string and six-string instruments. Some nu metal bands feature a DJ for additional rhythmic instrumentation. The vocals of many bands may range from melodic singing to rapping to screaming to death growling or in some cases have all of these styles in a single song but it can range from song to song. The lyrics of many nu metal bands focus on pain and personal alienation rather than the themes of other metal subgenres. I thought Id put a definition in that doesnt use childish behaviour to put foward biased arguments
All the are nu metal: Korn, Slipknot, Static-x, Disturbed, Mudvayne, System of A Down...etc.
by Metalftw December 05, 2010

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